By now you’ve seen our repeated posts — here and on social media — about how well the young Maryland stallion Blofeld has done with his small first crop of runners. Through the first few months of 2022, he’s had 12 of his first-crop 3YOs race and all 12 of those have won — an outstanding statistic that tracks his overall winners/runners ratio of 14 from 14 (out of just 24 foals in his first crop). With these first runners suggesting that Blofeld might be a sire on the rise, we have booked several mares of our own to Blofeld this year, and have recommended him to numerous Mid-Atlantic-based clients for their mares. One of those mares heading his way on our recommendation is the six-time winning mare Super Twenty Five.
Super Twenty Five is a daughter of the Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, who is a product of Phipps-family breeding both top (through his grandsire Wavering Monarch, both of whose parents were Phipps-breds) and bottom (his dam, Supercharger, was sold by the Phippses while carrying him in utero). After getting off to a hot start at stud with 3 first-crop G1 winners, Super Saver ended up being exported a few seasons later, but he wasn’t a failure as a sire and he’s actually got a huge shot as a broodmare sire, given his pedigree and the quality of mares sent his way early on.
One of those well-bred mates was Super Twenty Five’s dam, Decoder, who is a full-sister to Stuart Janney’s homebred G1 winner Data Link (Janney, of course, being a cousin to the Phippses who often partners with them on horses), out of the multiple stakes winner Database (from the immediate female family of G1 winner Hymn Book, among others). Super Twenty Five herself won six dirt sprints at 3 and 4YO, and the foal from this mating will be her first.
The first thing that jumps out for us in favor of this match is that there are already no fewer than three Blofeld winners with Wavering Monarch, his sire Majestic Light, or that one’s half-brother Fluorescent Light, in their female families, and clearly this blending of historic Phipps female families (Blofeld having two crosses of their Blue Hen Grey Flight in his own pedigree) is a positive pattern. To us, this is more relevant than the fact that TrueNicks gives the Elusive Quality/Wavering Monarch cross a “no rating” designation (though it does have two G1-placed runners to its credit), especially given that Super Twenty Five’s broodmare sire, War Front, is an “A” nick with Blofeld’s sire Quality Road. Additionally, Decoder’s dam, the aforementioned Database, is out of a daughter of Deputy Minister, who is another excellent cross for Quality Road, as is A.P. Indy, the broodmare sire of Super Saver.
So there is a lot that we like about this pairing on paper, with a lot of names that should work well with Blofeld and his own pedigree. Physically, both Blofeld and Super Twenty Five have plenty of leg and length to them, and he will hopefully contribute a bit of substance to her foal — a foal that we’d expect to come out running and hit its stride around a mile on Laurel’s dirt course as an early-season 3YO!